Coastal Cape Town and the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg are very different cities, but both are hugely popular jumping off points for experiencing one of South Africa’s most popular activities – safari.
We’ve picked out five safari tours that start in either Cape Town or Johannesburg, with our choices designed to give a good spread of options in terms of cost and length of stay. We hope that among them you’ll find the perfect safari for your tastes and needs.
Botswana Untouched Lodge Safari
FROM $2,405 PER PERSON
Experience Africa’s most breath taking scenery and wildlife on this Jenman Africa Safari’s 13 day small-group tour where guests can explore Botswana’s finest national parks and the best of Zimbabwe in one trip. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit world class game viewing destinations such as Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the vast Makgadikgadi Pans where endemic species such as elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, zebra and wildebeest can be viewed from an open 4×4 or from the water on a traditional dug-out canoe. Other highlights include an exhilarating flight over Botswana’s renowned Okavango Delta, an after-dark game drive, a boat cruise on the Chobe River as well as a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls. Accommodation is comfortable, well-appointed safari lodges with three meals a day included. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your departing flight.
Safari Bike Tour from Cape Town
FROM $250 PER PERSON
This full day safari cycling tour begins with a morning pickup from your Cape Town hotel. After a quick briefing, you’ll be transported to Buffelsfontein Private Game Reserve where your cycling adventure will begin in earnest. You’ll get to witness some of the region’s stunning coastal scenery, including untouched beaches and charming fishing villages, as well as enjoy the company of a professional wildlife expert who will regale you with interesting facts about the area and its exotic inhabitants. Among the species you’re likely to encounter are antelope, giraffes, oryx, wildebeests, kudus, zebras, elands, and springboks. At the end of your trip, you’ll head back to the reserve lodge for a hearty lunch and a debrief from your guide before being transferred back to Cape Town for a late-afternoon drop off.
Marine Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
FROM $86.88 PER PERSON
This excursion offers the chance to observe magnificent marine life, including the iconic Great White Shark. The tour begins at The Great White House where you’ll enjoy tea, coffee and muffins on arrival along with a full briefing. After a short walk down to the harbour you’ll board a custom designed Dream Catcher and set out onto the ocean. Stops include a visit to shark cage diving vessels, penguins and seal-watching at Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, and the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary. An experienced crew, including an on-board biologist, will be on hand to answer any questions. After the trip, you’ll be treated to warm soup and bread in front of a cosy fire or al fresco food in the summer.
Half-Day Lion Park Safari from Johannesburg
FROM $148.09 PER PERSON
Get up close and personal with one of the world’s most imperious animal species on this half-day lion park safari. You’ll even get the chance to have a photo taken with lions in the background – the perfect memento to take back from your trip that’s certain to impress friends and family. As well as lions, you’ll also get to meet giraffes and ostriches, and can even feed and interact with the former from a specially constructed feeding platform.
Magaliesburg Balloon Safari from Johannesburg
FROM $202.98 PER PERSON
Experience a safari in the sky with this hour-long aerial sightseeing tour over the captivating Magaliesburg mountain range – famous for its perfect ballooning weather. Held in the morning, you’ll float across the sky in a state-of-the-art hot air balloon helmed by an experienced pilot, taking in the sights and scenery below and savouring the occasion with a glass of champagne. Prior to the trip, you’ll get to relax in a Clubhouse Pavilion where you’ll also return once you’re back on ‘terra firma’ to enjoy a full English breakfast.